Can Everyone Climb 5.14?

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Re: Can Everyone Climb 5.14?

Post by StepLEFTskyline » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:01 pm

In spain people climbing 14a is fairly common, at least more common than in the states. But who knows maybe the grades are just super soft.

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Re: Can Everyone Climb 5.14?

Post by vaclimber » Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:55 pm

The question is unclear, so I have two answers:
1) Can you pull a random adult from a population and train them over years so that they would *always* get to 5.14? No, absolutely not.
2) Can you pull a random, athletic adult from a population and train them over years so that they would *always* get to 5.14? Again, the odds are against it.
3) Can you pull a random, athletic teen from a population and train them over years so that they would *always* get to 5.14? This is trickier, but I think many would make it if they were truly able to dedicate the time and effort.
4) Can you pull a random baby a population and train them from a young age to get to 5.14? Probably. I guess the best way to find out is to make climbing an olympic sport and see how China does.

The question not asked, but implied:
Are 5.14 climbers at that level because of natural ability or hard work? The answer: probably both, just like the top 0.1% of any sport or other endeavor.

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